What to check when buying a used gaming laptop

alpha devil

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I am buying an used gaming laptop. I am going to meet the seller in person . I will get to check the laptop beforehand. Its an MSI GE63 VR. I will physically look at it for deformities and all but i was wondering if i should stress test it. I really dont know if its good or bad to do and which program is better. Can anybody guide me on this. Also any more tips as to what i should be checking for when i get to test are very very veryy much appreciated. Thank you :)
 

therealduckofdeath

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Stress testing shouldn't break a modern PC. Back in the olden days it was possible to break GPU's that way but that was a long time ago. Everything has built-in safeguards against over-heating now. The easiest way to push a GPU and CPU to get constant high temperatures is probably by using something like 3D Mark and PC mark. They are after all designed to try to do more than current hardware can handle. If the owner doesn't feel like downloading and installing things I guess your best options are to try a recent game they have installed. Check that the settings are maxed out and just see if the performance deteriorates as it heats up and if the fans are going completely bonkers. :) Another super simplistic test is to view a long 4k test video on YouTube in a windowed browser (with the desktop visible beneath the browser). Make sure the video is manually set to 4k when playing. That usually forces the browser to use CPU for rendering as it can't use the GPU's full screen features. This isn't super stressing on a current PC, but, if it does over heat from this it's definitely having some issues.
 
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